Entergy Corporation’s (ETR - Free Report) Indian Point Unit 2 nuclear plant has returned to service after a $120 million planned refueling outage, along with bolt replacement, inspections, upgrades and maintenance, in order to ensure continued safe and reliable performance.
The plant was shut down on Mar 17, 2016, and was subsequently returned to service on Jun 16. Refueling outages conducted by the company every alternate year led to significant positive impacts on the region’s economy, especially in terms of investments and job creation.
Details of the Refueling Outage
In addition to replacing fuel, workers inspected and replaced 278 bolts on a removable liner inside the reactor. Inspections affirmed that the plates secured by these bolts were not damaged, and were structurally sound and capable of safety function during operation.
Workers also completed equipment enhancement to add another layer of safety redundancy to the plant’s cooling systems. Both inspection and replacement of bolts were successful, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission noted that there were no safety concerns. Entergy intends to conduct a similar inspection at Unit 3 early next year.
The company is committed to nuclear power generation because of multiple benefits such as its clean-burning nature, reliability, and long-term cost effectiveness. The company contributes almost two-thirds of the total clean energy generated in the U.S.